Metro cop shot dead while fighting robbers in Joburg mall

2015-07-27 19:24
Johannesburg Metro Police. (File)

Johannesburg Metro Police. (File)

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Johannesburg - A Johannesburg metro police officer has been shot dead while trying to prevent a robber from stealing a cashbox from security guards who had just collected money from a Pick n Pay store at the Centro Shopping Centre in Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg, on Thursday.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the 60-year-old officer was on his way to withdraw cash at an ATM just before 15:00 near the store when he came across a robber attempting to get hold of the cash box.

"Security guards were being robbed of the cash box as they were leaving the Pick n Pay store," Minnaar said.

"He walked right into it, he didn't even get a chance to draw his firearm."

The officer, who was in full uniform, wrestled with one of the robbers when he was shot by another suspect who was hiding behind a pillar, Minnaar said. 

"When the officer fell, he was shot twice in the upper body and died on the scene."

The robbers fled the scene with the cashbox, but the money was now covered in anti-theft dye, said Minnaar.

No arrests have yet been made.

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